Showing posts with label Frontier Airlines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Frontier Airlines. Show all posts

Monday, August 27, 2007

Passenger tries to open door during Frontier Airlines flight

Several days ago, a passenger attempted to open a door on a Frontier Airlines Airbus during flight, and had to be restrained by flight attendants, with assistance from other passengers. The incident happened on Frontier Flight 514, en route from Denver to New York-La Guardia (LGA), early on the morning of August 25, 2007.

The man was unsuccessful in his attempt, and the plane landed safely with no reported injuries to the five crew members or 127 other passengers. On arrival at LGA, the disruptive passenger was taken into custody by Port Authority police.

According to news reports, the incident happened less than an hour before the aircraft was scheduled to land at LGA. A passenger who had been sitting near the unruly man said that the man had been acting strangely throughout the flight, bouncing up and down in his seat and kicking the seat in front of him. He struggled to escape after he was restrained with duct tape and a seatbelt extension.

[Passenger Bobby] Vigil said his rowmate left his seat to go to the bathroom in the front of the plane and briefly tried to open the cockpit door. The man, whom he described as Asian and about 20, then returned to his seat, only to get up 15 seconds later, go to the back of the plane and attempt to open the cabin door.

"I heard the flight attendant say, 'Help me!'" Vigil said. A struggle broke out, and Vigil and two other male passengers rushed over to help the attendant restrain the passenger.

"We taped him up in an 'X' pattern," said Vigil. "He wouldn't stay still or cooperate."

The man, whose name was not released, attempted to bite the tape off his hands and feet. Extension belts were used to keep him in place as the plane prepared to land, Vigil said.
A story about the incident in the New York Post described the man as 35 years old, and mentioned that he had been taken to Elmhurst General Hospital in Queens for evaluation.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Abusive Frontier passenger is indicted

Frontier Airlines plane at DENA woman accused of repeatedly hitting her children during a Frontier Airlines flight between San Francisco and Denver last week has been indicted by a federal court. Tamera Jo Freeman, 38, was indicted on two counts of assault on a child under 16 and one count of interfering with a flight attendant.

Freeman was traveling with her two year old son and four year old daughter on Frontier Airlines Flight 108 on July 16, 2007. ABC 7 News in Denver reports what happened during the flight:

According to her arrest affidavit, witnesses said Freeman was slapping and punching the children on their legs, shoulders and knees and that the children were crying and cowering on the floor.

She was using profane language, appeared intoxicated and had been drinking heavily on the flight, witnesses said.

When passengers alerted the flight attendant, the attendant intervened and Freeman told her to "mind her own business and provide her another alcoholic beverage," according to the affidavit.

When she was denied more alcohol, Freeman allegedly threw a drink on the floor and confronted the flight attendant in a common area.

The affidavit said Freeman became verbally abusive toward the flight attendant and the flight attendant had to took a defensive stance.

Freeman went back to her seat but the attendant requested that a corrections officer who was a passenger on the plane sit next to Freeman.

The attendant then grabbed duct tape and had to stand next to Freeman for the remainder of the flight to prevent her from causing further problems, according to the affidavit.
According to witness reports, Freeman's abusive behavior toward her children was evident even before they boarded the flight. They said that Freeman appeared to be intoxicated and violent towards her children while still in the gate area at the departure station.

Freeman reportedly told investigators that she had slapped her children because they were fighting over a window shade and because they had spilled her drink. She denied throwing a drink, saying she had set it down on the floor on the aisle, but she did admit that she "lost it" during the incident.

According to press reports, Freeman's children have been placed in the custody of family members in California. The judge has ordered that Freeman herself remain in custody at a jail in Jefferson County, Colorado. She faces a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the interference charge, and up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count of assault.

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